This workshop is designed for beginner and intermediate students working in oils or acrylics. Join instructor Ann Willsie in a journey to capture the essence of florals; the line, rhythm, and flow of the stalks and petals. As artists we get caught up in trying to reproduce exact replicas of what we see, getting lost in the details, instead of trying to capturing the soul of what is before you. Ask yourself – why do I want to paint this? What is it about this particular flower or scene that stirs me? Is it the colours? The line and movement? The intricate design? Or perhaps it is the play of light and shadows falling across the petals and leaves. This will be the focus of the workshop, is to loosen you up and to help you see the big picture.
Each morning will start with a brief discussion of the subject matters listed below, followed by a short demo and exercises. After this each student will be working on their own from live flowers set up around the room. Ann will be providing one-one-one assistance throughout the day to share her artistic insight and help you with any issues or concerns that you may have with your work.
Ann’s in class demonstrations will be in oil paint, but participants are welcome to work in Acrylics as well.
Sketch book and pen/pencil – to take notes and to do some thumbnail sketches
Canvas – bring three or four little canvasses or panels (9×12, 10×10, 11×14) for
the exercises. As well, please bring several canvasses for your final paintings, at
least two larger than 11×14 – THE BIGGER THE BETTER!
Brushes – please bring your favorite brushes – if you need help with choosing,
please contact me by email prior to the class for suggestions
Palette for paints – you can use the strip off paper ones, plastic, wood, or
staywet for acrylic
Paper Towels for cleanup;
Paint – this is a suggestion only – my palette: (oil paints)
o Titanium White
o Transparent Red Oxide
o Cadmium Red Light
o Alizaron Crimson
o Cobalt Blue
o Ultramarine Blue
o Cadmium Yellow Medium
o Lemon Yellow
o Yellow Ochre
Bucket for water (Acrylics)
Jar with Low Odour Mineral Spirits if you are painting oils
Apron (if you need it )